Preliminary gouache study for oil painting.
Sometimes it gets a bit lonely painting. It’s just you in a room with your paints. I find this is always lessened having the radio on as company. My favourite station at the moment to accompany me while I work is US National Public Radio. I just love it. Sometimes I vary it with the BBC. I don’t often listen to music as I find, especially with classical music, that it distracts me. Though sometimes I get hooked into some album that I play over and over again while I’m painting. It doesn’t really distract me for some reason, it’s like having an old friend in the room. At the moment I have on the Rolling Stones’ ‘Exile on Main Street’ over and over again. The Rolling Stones always make me feel positive about life. I did one whole series of landscape paintings to the sounds of one of Tina Turner’s albums. Someone who bought one of those paintings found out I did it listening to Tina and was horrified. I don’t tell anyone now what I listen to in case they hate them.